Projects & Transit Planning

What is the LYNX Silver Line?


The LYNX Silver Line is a proposed 26-mile light rail project from the City of Belmont in Gaston County, through Center City Charlotte and the Town of Matthews, with a potential extension into Union County. Key connections include:

• LYNX Blue Line Light Rail • BB&T Ballpark
• CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar • Ovens Auditorium
• Charlotte Douglas International Airport • Bojangles Coliseum
• Charlotte Gateway District • Novant Uptown and Matthews hospitals
• Bank of America Stadium • CPCC Central and Levine campuses

LYNX Silver LIne Map

LYNX Silver Line Project Status

In January 2020, CATS began refining the LYNX Silver Line Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) to maximize benefits and minimize risks. CATS considered many factors during the refinement process, including: 


• Design and operations • Cost
• Connectivity • Environmental Considerations
• Development opportunities • Feedback from the public and other key stakeholders
On April 28, 2021, CATS' policy board, the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), approved the refined LPA. With a newly adopted alignment, staff will continue to move the project forward into more detailed design and environmental review. Public engagement will continue  as the project develops.

CATS conducted extensive public engagement during the refinement period. To view previous project materials and watch meeting recordings, click on the Archived Project Materials on the right-side tab.

As the light rail design and environmental work continues, the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study will begin public engagement around the station area planning effort.




 







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Download the LYNX Silver Line toolkit with shareable project materials.

Early Scoping Fall 2020 Online Open House

 

Focus Area 1: Wilkinson Boulevard (City of Belmont to I-485)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8c03qzCT_Q&t=1115s

 

Focus Area 2: Wilkinson Boulevard (I-485 to West Morehead Street)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRPq06H0N5g

 

Focus Area 3: Center City (West Morehead Street to Charlottetowne Avenue)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbgwiIkMveA&t=1s

 

Focus Area 4: Independence Boulevard (Charlottetowne Avenue to Idlewild Road)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6o3C9qBTtA

 

Focus Area 5: Independence Boulevard (Idlewild Road to just south of I-485 at CPCC Levine)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTGkzh7P54Q&t=3092s

 

Focus Area 6: Union County Extension

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlMbEfQVKfU&t=1s




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C/O MARCOM Department,

600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


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